The Silo Series was created to promote the sharing of the written and spoken word among an already existing and thriving arts community.

All events are by $5 suggested donation and open to all.

Readings take place roughly every two months.

MidsummerTwo Poets Laureate, Midsummer – Friday, July 14  7pm

The Silo Series is excited and proud to present two poets laureate in The Word Barn — Alice Fogel, current NH Poet Laureate and Ella McGrail, New Hampshire’s very first youth poet laureate!

In addition to Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily “getting” it, Alice B Fogel is the author of five poetry collections, most recently, A Doubtful House (2017). A nine-time Pushcart nominee & recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship & other awards, her poems appear in many journals & anthologies, including Best American Poetry & Poet’s Choice.

Ella McGrail is a 17-year-old Senior at Portsmouth High school. She is a writer, fantasist, and dragon-rider, not necessarily in that order, as well as a close personal friend of Hermione Granger. Ella’s own writings include A Trick of the Dark, a fantasy novel that received a Scholastic Gold Key Award, several works of award winning poetry, and multiple social justice speeches, articles, and narratives.

mikepicThe Sound of Voices Three – Friday, May 26  7pm

The Silo Series returns with poets Lauren Wb Vermette, Mike Nelson, and Kelly Flynn.

Lauren Mb Vermette, named “Most Promising Poet” by Farmington’s Goodwin Library, has been a featured reader for Rochester’s Writer’s Night, Rochester Library’s National Poetry Month Celebration, the First Friday Coffeehouse in Exeter, Portsmouth Community Radio’s Writers in the Round series, and Beat Night at The Press Room.

Mike Nelson is the organizer and host of Portsmouth’s Beat Night, founder of Tribe Poetry Project, and the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth. His ultimate dream is to become a gnome that lives in the nook of an old tree deep in the forest, swim with frogs in vernal pools, live on honey and blueberries and be friends with all the animals.

Kelly M. Flynn has been featured in Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets, and has published work in Spectacular Magazine and The Graham House Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has read her work at the Blacksmith House in Harvard Square, and at Phillips Exeter Academy, where she teaches English.


Past readers have included:

Maggie Dietz, Tim Horvath, David Rivard, Chard DeNiord, Paul Yoon, Matt Miller, Mark Decarteret, Jessica Purdy, Jayne Benjulian, Todd Hearon, S Stephanie,  Jim Rioux, Andrew Periale, Katherine Towler, Ralph Sneeden, Andrew Mitchell, Sue Repko, Peter Anderson, Hope Jordan, Jenny Johnson, Erica Plouffe Lazure, Beth Ann Miller, Megan Leonard, William Stratton, Cynthia Huntington, Clark Knowles, & Jerome Daly.